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Harsher penalties sought for repeat DUI offenders

Many people may be surprised to learn how little alcohol needs to be consumed in order to qualify someone as legally drunk when behind the wheel of a vehicle. Many a responsible New York driver has found themselves in a situation where they have likely had enough drinks to put them in this category without intending to. Driving while intoxicated does not always mean that a person is so drunk that they are not functional. That is one reason why some people can end up with more than one DUI arrest.

While drunk driving is a serious matter and should be considered as such, there is still a large gray area when thinking of these offenses. The laws in New York around these arrests are already very strict and the governor recently announced his wish to strengthen them even further. Currently, any driver who is convicted of two instances of driving while intoxicated within a period of 10 years will have his or her driver’s license revoked for a period of one year.

The governor’s proposal, if successfully enacted, would mean that anyone who receives two DUI convictions within three years will lose their driver’s license for five years. People who are convicted of three DUI offenses will lose their driver’s licenses permanently. That is a considerable increase in the severity of penalties of which New Yorkers should take note.

Anyone who has been arrested for a DWI, DUI or DWAI could benefit from talking with an attorney to learn about options for a successful defense. Even with the current laws, consequences can have lasting effects and help may be available.

Source:, “Governor Cuomo Proposes Tougher DWI Laws,” January 10, 2014

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